Dangerous Minds: Glitterbug 26.03.12
Glitterbug, Derek Jarman's final film, from 1994 includes brief Toyah footage from filming Jubilee in 1977. View a great article on it at Dangerous Minds.

...a prelude to Jubilee, a young flame-haired Toyah Willcox, The Sex Pistols, Jordan and a dress rehearsal for what will become The Last of England, as she pirouettes around a burning Union Jack, Adam Ant, hair-cutting, the Silver Jubilee.

Glitterbug Derek Jarman’s Super 8 films, with Andrew Logan, Duggie Fields, Tilda Swinton, Michael Clark, Adam Ant, Toyah Willcox, William Burroughs and Genesis P. Orridge. Music by Brian Eno, specially commissioned for this film.
Toyah News Briefs 26.03.12
• Kylie channels her inner Toyah: Kylie Minogue is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her music career this year, "K25". I'm not sure how recent this photo is, though it does have the anniversary logo on it. There's definitely a Toyah, circa 1981, influence going on. The 'TITM' swirls & hairpiece, the 'GMU' braids, the forehead make-up :)

• Toyah fan (and my friend since the beginning of Dreamscape) Sabine Bode from Germany has started her own comedy show. Sabine takes to the stage to the sound of Toyah's 'Sensational' from 2008's 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen'.

• Toyah on TV (in Sweden): Toyah's edition of Celebrity Fantasy Homes airs on BBC Lifestyle, Friday 6th April at 11.45am.

Desire: Rare 1987 Photo #2 25.03.12
Let me run riot of colour, over you...

You wait 25 years and then, not one but, two very rare photos of Toyah from 1987 (a year I prefer to refer to as "the 'Desire' era" :)) surface.

This one is from an official EG print, and, as with all of the fantastic 'Desire' promotional photography, is likely to have been taken by Carrie Branovan.

If I was wealthy I would definitely publish a Toyah Photo Book: 'Visions'. Full sessions, rare photos, outtakes... Every coffee table would want one! Toyah's amazing visual imagery, both past and present, really should be captured for posterity. Anyway, back to reality! (Thanks to Michael for this great photo)

Tonight with Jonathan Ross 25.03.12
The full edition of Tonight with Jonathan Ross, which originally aired on Channel 4 in January 1991, with Toyah guesting is available to watch at 'You Tube'. Watch here and click below to view larger versions of the caps.

Four From Chris/Win 'IWATTF' T-Shirt 25.03.12
Four brilliant photos of, 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan' author, Chris Limb and Toyah. One of each from the last four decades.

Win an 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan - Were You?' t-shirt. Visit the book's Facebook page for more details. More info on the book over at toyah.org

Falling To Earth: New Beginnings 24.03.12
Thank you to those of you who have already been in touch to say you approve of 'Falling To Earth'. It's really great of you to take the time.

Thanks also to Paul, Chris and Min for adding links to their websites, and also to everyone who has visited this page over the last few days. It's been busy.

As well as visitors from all over the UK, 'Falling To Earth' has also received visits from Portugal, USA, France, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Thailand, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Malta and South Africa. Hello to all of you. Good to know there is interest in Toyah all over the world. Please favourite ieya.co.uk and return for regular Toyahlicious news updates, trivia and sporadic retrotastic posts celebrating "Classic Toyah".

Crimson Queen on Canvas 24.03.12
This great 'Crimson Queen' Toyah art by Cliff Matthews is worth another look. It's available to buy: £285 (70x50cm, acrylics on box canvas), and Toyah herself has saw the painting and given it her seal of approval and trademark "Big Love" autograph. View the painting here and Toyah with Cliff, here.

It would be good if the same could happen with Mark Satchwill's amazing works of Toyah
She-Bop-A-Lula Photo Exhibition 24.03.12
'She-Bop-A-Lula', the photo exhibition in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity, opened at the Strand Gallery, London on the 7th March.

The exhibition features over 60 pictures of some of the most successful and creative women singers from the last six decades. The pictures, all taken by women photographers, are a mix of candid and intimate backstage scenes, sensitive and stylised portraits, through to the excitement and raw power of live performance.

It's highly likely that the photograph of Toyah and Jenny Runacre, from 1977, by Caroline Coon is included in the exhibition. View further info on 'She-Bop-A-Lula'
here. There are also recent online press articles on the exhibition by The Guardian, The Independent and NME.
The Changeling Resurrection: "It's Chewy" 23.03.12
The revised tour dates for 'The Changeling Resurrection' are confirmed and Toyah tweeted yesterday: "2'day I officially start learning the tour set. Its meaty, its chewy, its deep, its dark, its moody, its dance-able". Get ready for the Madhatter's tea party: The Resurrection begins soon...

Classic Toyah: Rare(ish) Photos 23.03.12
A few rare-ish Toyah photos. Three lesser seen variations from well-known 1980 ('The Face') and 1981 photo sessions, plus great live shots from The Changeling Tour' and the 'Warrior Rock Mini Tour' from July & December '82. Click on each to view larger. (Thanks to Andi)

This Is Not Retro: New Website 22.03.12
80s Music. All Grown Up. 'Remember The Eighties' website was relaunched today and is now 'This Is Not Retro'. The site is looking great and is packed full of news, interviews, reviews and much more. There is also substantial Toyah content, including four interviews. Visit 'This Is Not Retro' here and click below for lots of Toyah.

Toyah News Briefs 22.03.12
• Steve Lillywhite, producer of 'The Changeling' and numerous other great albums, by among many others, Morrissey, U2 and The Chameleons, was recently awarded a CBE. (Thanks to Stephen Bennett)

• BBC2's documentary series The Tube, behind the scenes of London Underground, this week featured the underground's most unusual employee, a hawk called Toyah. If you missed it The Tube is repeated tonight at 11.20pm on BBC2. (Thanks to Paul Johnson)

• It looks like
Remember The Eighties will be returning very shortly. The new website is currently "99% completed".

Visit Lytham St Annes: Proms Festival 2012 22.03.12
Lytham Proms Festival Weekends three day event line-up is now complete, with Friday 3rd welcoming ‘Here and Now The Very Best of The 80’s’ and Saturday 4th ‘Alfie Boe- Last Night of the Proms’.

The winner of local talent competition Fylde’s Got Talent will perform alongside Olly Murs on Sunday night.

Friday 3rd August 2012 - “Here and Now, The Very Best of the 80’s”

A fantastic selection of iconic 80’s popstars will headline the opening night of Lytham Proms Festival Weekend 2012.

“Here and Now, The Very Best of the 80’s” will feature stars: Bananarama, Rick Astley, The Real Thing, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Curiosity Killed the Cat and T’Pau in what is dubbed as being the Fylde Coast’s biggest party EVER!

Faerie Festival 2011: Toyah Interview 22.03.12
Toyah played 'The Magical Faerie Festival' last April in Canterbury. An interview from then has just been uploaded to 'You Tube'. Toyah talks punk, steampunk, acting, Canterbury and fairy wings. Click below to view.

The Changeling Resurrection: Glasgow 22.03.12
The Classic Grand website has now been updated with the new Glasgow date for 'The Changeling Resurrection': 12th October. It also reiterates what Toyah said in her tweet on Tuesday: "20th April tickets valid for 12th Oct".
The Stroke Association: 20th Anniversary Ball 22.03.12
This black-tie event promises a fabulous night out including reception drinks, a delicious three course dinner and superb entertainment including the fantastic Toyah Willcox to get you dancing the night away.

Join us on Saturday 19 May 2012 for The Stroke Association’s 20th Anniversary Ball at Radisson Blu Hotel in the beautiful City of Durham.

Tickets are £45 per person or £450 for a table of 10. Don’t miss out, tables are selling fast! Book your tickets online today! For more information please contact Janet Price on 0191 492 6191 or at janet.price@stroke.org.uk
Let's Rock The Moor 2012: Updates 21.03.12
It's the official flyer for 'Let's Rock The Moor!' Summer 2012, the one day festival that includes Toyah in its line-up.

'Lets Rock The Moor!', taking place in Cookham, Berkshire on Saturday 12th May, has also had more bands added. Nick Heyward and Modern Romance are both now also on the bill.

The festival's website has also been updated. Visit it here. View a larger version of the official flyer here.

From the website: Let’s Rock The Moor! will be returning for its 4th year on Saturday May 12th, with an action packed day of live music at this Boutique, Family Friendly, 80's Festival. Now relocated on to a much larger site, Billy Ocean, Go West, Heaven 17, Boney M, Toyah, Nick Heyward, China Crisis and Modern Romance are all confirmed. Set in the picturesque village of Cookham in Berkshire, this event has plenty to do for everyone!

Let's Rock The Moor 2012: Win Tickets 21.03.12
Win one of three Family Tickets to 'Let's Rock the Moor 2012'.

Let’s Rock The Moor! will be returning for its 4th year on Saturday May 12 with a massive 80’s line up and plenty to do for everyone! Families Online has three sets of family tickets to giveaway for this great event in Cookham.

here to enter the competition. Closing date - 9am April 10th 2012.
I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan: The T-Shirt 21.03.12
You bought and read the, ruddy excellent, book... so why not go one step further and be loud, proud and seen in your 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan - Were You?' t-shirt. There are numerous colours to choose from. Go here for more details on how to add the 'IWATTF' to your t-shirt collection.
My Vintage: Toyah Talks Lou 21.03.12
Toyah's eighth song choice from My Vintage, 'Walk On The Wild Side'.

"When I was about 14 I was just so rebellious, you just could not contain me whatsoever. I was still going to school because my mother drove me to school every day, and then they kind of locked the gates so I couldn't get out. In the weekends my parents allowed my brother and myself relative freedom, and we had a caravan in Worcestershire, and my brother, who was older than me, could drive at this time so at midnight we'd drive off, and we'd go and see midnight movies in Worcestershire..."

• Read the full transcript of the reasons for this song choice here.

Falling To Earth..? 20.03.12
Welcome to something new. 'Falling To Earth', an online Toyah Newsletter. Crammed full of Toyah news and nothing but news. www.ieya.co.uk

No elaborate features, no outlandish archives, just a "back to basics" Toyah news service for the many who have contacted me to say they are missing toyah.net's news. Get in touch: fallingtoearth@ieya.co.uk

BBC Radio: Keith Middleton Show 20.03.12
Toyah is listed as a guest on BBC Radio's The Keith Middleton Show on Saturday 31st March. Keith's show airs on BBC Radio Shropshire and a number of other BBC stations broadcasting in The Midlands.

Keith Middleton Show: BBC Radio Shropshire: Sat 31st March: 9pm
Keith is joined by Toyah Willcox, Hazel O'Connor and Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow Wow) for a 'Punk Extravaganza'. Is there a punk track you haven't heard for a while? Let Keith know and he'll do his best to play it...

Toyah has previously guested on Keith's show in November 2010 and July 2005 so this could possibly be a repeat of one of those interviews.
The Changeling by Mark Satchwill 20.03.12
Mark Satchwill's amazing painting inspired by Toyah's 'The Changeling' is now available to buy as an 8x10 print from Etsy. As well as a print, small poster or postcard from Red Bubble. A great gift for any Toyah fan.
Régis Huet: Make-Up As Art 20.03.12
One of the pioneers of fashion make-up artists, from Biba, London in the seventies, to an international career in the 1980s and 90s, Régis Huet was one of the first make-up artists to use make-up as art and some of his creations are extraordinary, and extraordinarily beautiful.

In 1985 Régis worked with Toyah on the promotional imagery for 'Don't Fall In Love (I Said)' and 'Minx'. The look was striking but subtle and, ironically, far removed from his more outlandish and experimental earlier work. Imagery that certainly inspired some of Toyah's most adventurous early 80s visuals.

Régis eventually made Sydney, Australia his base where he worked on the first issue of 'Australia Vogue' among many magazines.

The Changeling Resurrection: Date Change 19.03.12
The Glasgow date of 'The Changeling Resurrection' tour has been changed. The original date of 20th April has been rescheduled for 12th October.

Toyah tweeted today that further details regarding this are to be announced officially tomorrow.

Andi Fraggs: Gigs & Album News 19.03.12
Andi Fraggs, support on seven dates of last year's 'From Sheep Farming...' UK tour and five of the upcoming 'Changeling Resurrection' dates, has just announced he is headlining the three-day 'Summer Saturnalia' Festival in Yorkshire this Summer. The festival takes place from 20-22 July, with Andi performing on Saturday 21st.

Andi is also currently in the studio recording his new album and will be announcing further details on it soon. He is looking forward to playing again to Toyah's fans at 'The Changeling' gigs. Visit Andi's official website here.

The Changeling by Mark Satchwill 18.03.12
The latest painting of Toyah by artist Mark Satchwill. Based on 'The Changeling' imagery and the song lyrics on the album, it's a beautiful tribute in this 30th anniversary year.

It’s a digital work, painted in ArtRage and would be around 16 x 20 inches on canvas. Mark has previously created 'Four From Toyah' and 'The Blue Meaning' Toyah art.

Please click on the photo to view a larger version and thanks to Mark for this. (Painting © Mark Satchwill)

• Visit 'Mark Satchwill Art', to view more of Mark's work, here.

Album Of The Month: Prostitute 18.03.12
The first "Album Of The Month" and it has to be 'Prostitute'. Not only for being a great album but also for including the song that this new Toyah Newsletter takes its name from.

Released in 1988, I think this album shocked every Toyah fan at the time. It was the successor to 'Desire' and couldn't have been more different but also that title. Tame by today's standards maybe, but in 1988 it was still a word that Toyah couldn't even say when she guested on TVAM.

'Prostitute' is definitely Toyah's most experimental album to date, and her least commercial. Using all manner of samples and noises to create a weird, yet addictively interesting, soundscape. It's minimalist and raw and has Toyah sounding quite like Kate Bush in parts, Laurie Anderson in others. There's an abundance of spoken and whispered vocals and Toyah's unmistakable laugh and in comparison to its two predecessors; 'Desire' and 'Minx' is almost a return to the brashness of Toyah's early Safari albums. Go on, give 'Prostitute' another listen... View more
Smash Hits Archive: March 18-31 1982 18.03.12
The 18-31 March 1982 issue of 'Smash Hits' has just been added to the excellent 'Like Punk Never Happened - Smash Hits Archive'.

This issue includes a plethora of Toyah content: Free huge poster, photo from the 'Rock & Pop Awards 1982', a full-page advert for the VHS release of Urgh! A Music War, and Toyah as a toddler on a donkey in the 'From The Cots' photo feature.

View scans of the full issue, and every previous issue of 'Smash Hits', at the link below.

Fade2Grey: Blood Donor 17.03.12
The 'Fade2Grey' website has just added a mini-feature on the band Blood Donor, focusing on their single releases.

There is, of course, mention of Toyah. Blood Donor were also on Safari Records and the band's keyboard player Keith Hale wrote 'It's A Mystery'.

Times & Star: Toyah To Headline Workington 16.03.12
A variety of publications, including the 'Times & Star', report on Toyah headlining the Workington 'Decades' Festival.


Singing star Toyah Wilcox will headline Workington’s Decades town centre music festival later this year.

The 1980s self-styled punk princess, best known for chart hit It’s A Mystery, will perform at the event between May 25 and 27.

Toyah’s career spans 30 years and she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, presented TV programmes and appeared on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! She recently starred in the West End rock show Vampires Rock.

The Decades festival will be based around 12 pubs and clubs on the town centre “circuit” and will celebrate music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Set up by Paul McGee, landlord of the Red House, and run by Maryport Festivals Limited, it promises a weekend of musical nostalgia.

• Read the full report, at the 'Times & Star' website,
The Changeling Resurrection 15.03.12
It's now less than a month until the first 'Changeling Resurrection' gig takes place. The opening night is at Brighton's Concorde 2 on Saturday 14th April.

Further details on the tour are available at 'The Official Toyah Gigs' page here.

An aftershow party is also being arranged in Brighton. View more info on this at its Facebook Events page

The full dates are:

Sat 14th April: Concorde 2, Brighton
Wed 18th April: The Tunnels, Bristol
Fri 20th April: Classic Grand, Glasgow
Sun 22nd April: Bush Hall, London
Sat 28th April: Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Mon 30th April: Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Saturday 5th May: Arts Complex, Bishop's Stortford

Evening Telegraph: Tele Lookalike 14.03.12
Toyah fan, and friend of Dreamscape (and now Falling To Earth:)) Sharon Dickson, was featured in an article in the 'Dundee Evening Telegraph' on Tuesday 13th March.

Sharon Is The Spitting Image Of Pop Singer

From punk princess to accomplished actress, Toyah Willcox has become one of Britain's top icons.

But fans have been forced to look twice when they've clocked eyes on Toyah's double in and around Dundee.

Debenhams worker Sharon Dickson (41) is the spitting image of the popular entertainer. Sharon is more than happy being the star's doppleganger... as she's a massive Toyah fan.

"I'm a huge Toyah fan. I go to watch her perform every year and I'm excited about seeing her in Glasgow next month when she plays at Classic Grand."

Sharon decided to send the Tele her photograph after her mum saw our story on Coronation Street star Sophie Webster's lookalike. Sharon, who works in Debenhams' perfume department, said: "My mum saw the paper and suggested I get in contact for a laugh. I've never intentionally tried to look like Toyah."

• Click on the scan to view a larger version of the article. (Thanks to Sharon)

Classic Toyah: 'Sheep Farming' Era 14.03.12
This will possibly be a regular feature on 'Falling To Earth'. Collecting together key images from a specific Toyah "era". Starting us off... Various Toyah photos from the 'Sheep Farming in Barnet' days.

Vintage TV: The Changeling Resurrection 14.03.12
'Vintage TV' ran a competition at their website during March to win tickets to see Toyah's 'The Changeling Resurrection 2012'.


Cult figure, household name and music legend, Toyah Willcox, is touring the UK in April with The Changeling Resurrection Tour.

Known for her exuberant, energetic live shows, filled with colour, drama and classic songs, Toyah's highly individual visual style was a forerunner of Lady GaGa and, musically, Florence & The Machine have recently been cited as “this generation’s Toyah” (BBC Radio 6).

Vintage TV viewers are being given the chance to win a pair of tickets to any one of her six tour performances, a fantastic prize worth more than £40.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question on our Competitons page. Last entries will be accepted on Friday 30th March. Winners will be announced during the week beginning 2nd April.
Toyah on TV: Tales Of The Unexpected 12.03.12
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts 2: Tue 27th March: 1.00pm
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts 2: Wed 28th March: 1.15am

Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold's mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury. Also airing on Sky Arts 2 HD.

Toyah on TV: Most Fertile Man in Ireland 12.03.12
Most Fertile Man In Ireland: Sky Movies Indie: Wed 21st Mar: 3.45am
Satirical comedy with Kris Marshall, Kathy Keira Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Olivia Nash, Pauline McLynn, Tara Lynne O'Neill, Toyah Willcox, Harry Towb, Marc O'Shea and Paddy McCarney. Also airing on Sky Movies Indie HD.
Toyah Talks 'Desire' & More 12.03.12
One you may have missed, or might just want to listen to again: Chris Limb's interview with Toyah from 1987. Listen here. There's also a full transcript of the interview, at 'The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive', here.
Danced: Friday Night Saturday Morning 1980 26.03.12
I hope to be occasionally bringing you some rare Toyah footage. Here's Toyah performing 'Danced' live on Friday Night Saturday Morning in 1980.

Network Awesome: Punk Reverance: Jubilee 26.03.12
Another recent, and interesting, article on Jubilee, the film that becomes more celebrated by the month. This one by 'Network Awesome'

After the release of Derek Jarman’s Jubilee in 1978, Vivienne Westwood, outraged at what she saw as a misrepresentation of punk, took to her then preferred medium, the t-shirt, to express her displeasure. The “Open T-Shirt to Derek Jarman,” with its wordy scrawl, is a rather confusing cultural artifact in that it now seems rather counterproductive. For starters, punk certainly had more important enemies in 1978 than a queer experimental filmmaker and visual artist, a fellow member of the counterculture whether she liked it or not.
Desire: Rare 1987 Photo 25.03.12
This incredibly rare shot of Toyah, from the 1987 'Desire' era photo shoot, has recently been listed on eBay.

The seller is a photographer who has taken photos of numerous pop stars and says of this one: From my own collection... A posed and gorgeous, stunning, different and rare, promo 35mm slide, a great posed close up. One of the best we ever had. Cool pic!

Great that an unseen photo should surface in the 25th anniversary year of 'Desire'.
Voodoo Doll: A 'B-Side' Resurrected 25.03.12
Another tour-related Toyah tweet yesterday, with some amazing news included. 'Voodoo Doll' from 1981, released on the 12" of 'Thunder In The Mountains', will be included in 'The Changeling Resurrection' setlist:

"My goodness VooDoo Doll is a really good song! My B-sides rocked! Even if I say so myself . Def in the new set."

Of course many of Toyah's "b-sides" were better than most band's "a-sides": Laughing With The Fools, Street Addict, War Boys, Alien, In The Fairground, Warrior Rock, Baptised in Fire, I Explode, Haunted, Snow Covers The Kiss, Plenty... (not forgetting For You, a flexi b-side). An almost perfect setlist in itself! A Toyah "Blistering B-Sides" tour, anyone?

Megalovision Presents 'Jubilee' 24.03.12
It's a Mad world: The trailer for Jubilee has just been uploaded to 'You Tube'. View here and click below for larger screen caps. The movie, Toyah's first, premiered in 1978 and just celebrated its 34th anniversary

The Derek Jarman Collection: 5DVD Set 24.03.12
A 5DVD box set of Derek Jarman films is released, by Umbrella Entertainment (who just uploaded the trailer for Jubilee to 'You Tube'), in Australia on 2nd May 2012. The set includes both films Toyah starred in, Jubilee and The Tempest.

The Derek Jarman Collection: DVD
A collection of five astonishing films from a visionary British filmmaker:

Actors: Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier, Sean Bean, Toyah Willcox, Adam Ant.

The Tempest (1979): The tale of a potent magician, banished by his brother and the King to live on a desolate isle with his daughter. Last Of England (1988): A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. Jubilee (1978): Queen Elizabeth I visits late twentieth century Britain to discover a confronting civilisation. Sebastiane (1976): In Rome, 300 A.D, a man is exiled to a remote outpost populated exclusively by men. War Requiem (1989): A stirring visual representation of Benjamin Brittens famed work.

The Power Of Three: In America! 24.03.12
Your never too old and it’s never too late to live your dreams. All you need is the Power of Three.

Next week The Power Of Three, the film Toyah has a lead role in, plays at two US film festivals.

The Women's International Film & Arts Festival: March 28-April 1, taking place in Miami and The Brooklyn Girl Film Festival: March 29-31 in New York.

The film plays on the opening day of WIFF and is a "Red Carpet Event", and on Saturday 31st March at BGFF. View further details and the film festival's respective shedules
here (WIFF) and here (BGFF).
Toyah News Briefs 24.03.12
• An interview with Andi Fraggs from 'Village Digital Radio' last year, just before he supported Toyah on the 'FSFTA' tour, has just been uploaded to 'Tou Tube'. Andi talks to Lucy Lush about how Toyah influenced him, his career and much more. Listen here.

• There's a great live photo of Toyah onstage in 2008 in the magazine feature created by 'Kelwin Design for 'Here and Now'. View it at their portfolio page

• A past report, from July 2011, about Swindon Pride at 'FLIC Wiltshire' includes a great live shot of Toyah. View
My Vintage: Toyah Talks 'Stay' 23.03.12
Toyah's ninth song choice from My Vintage, 'Stay'.

"1992 was not the greatest year of my life I have to say. It was a year of massive changes and challenges. Deeply personal things going on, and when I first heard this song it actually made me burst into tears, because this song, I think, encapsulates how women feel about letting go of something..."

• Read the full transcript of the reasons for this song choice here.

Unthought Of, Though, Somehow: Bird in Flight 23.03.12
By November 1979 I had been in my first full-time job, at an insurance company, for around 18 months.It was soul-destroyingly dull, a dullness only alleviated by some of the good people I worked with and also the chance to spend my lunch & post-work hours hanging out in the local independent record shop - a matter of yards away. I spent a huge amount of time (and money) in the place and got to know most of the staff quite well.

• Read the the rest of this blog
here. (Thanks to Andrew York for the photo)
Simon Fowler Photography 23.03.12
Simon Fowler took some iconic photos of Toyah in the late 70s/early 80s and he is responsible for a handful of the best Toyah photo shoots, as well as amazing photos of other bands. Visit his website by clicking below.

New Toyah Website 22.03.12
There's another new Toyah website on the block. Check it out

The Ladies Love... The Beatles 22.03.12
Remember 'Ladies Love The Beatles'? A couple of recent related pieces of news on this forthcoming compilation:

• Katrina Leskanich, of Katrina & The Waves, posted on her 8th March 2012 website update: "I was in the studio recording a couple of Beatles tracks for a new compilation which includes Kim Wilde, Mica Paris, Toyah and several other female artists which will be released in 2012".

• Producer/Mixer Martin Sutton's 'Wikipedia' page has recently been updated to include his Programming, Instrumentation & Mixing on "The Ladies Love...The Beatles". Artists listed are: Mica Paris, Beverley Craven, Des'ree, Kim Wilde, Toyah, Heather Small and Katrina Leskanich.

The Humans: Update/Photo 22.03.12
On Tuesday Toyah tweeted an update on The Humans writing sessions.

"Humans last writing day. 20 songs in the demo pot! Sooooo excited! Soooo rockin", along with a
photo of the band.

• Visit 'The Humans Official' here, and the 'Sugar Rush' fansite here.

Falling To Earth: Info From The Firmament 22.03.12
Please click below for more info on 'Falling To Earth'. Thanks to everyone who sent emails and messages about this 'site' and its predecessor.

Indigo: Turning Back Time 22.03.12
80's Music Sensations Confirm Scottish Date

It may have been over 20 years since they first burst onto the music scene with their catchy hits, but over two decades on, the greatest line up of eighties music icons is coming to Glasgow for an exclusive outdoor show this summer. Here and Now, a concert featuring the biggest artists from the 1980s, will take music lovers down memory lane as a cast list of seven pop icons take to the stage. Paul Young will get heart rates racing when he performs his massive number one hit, ‘Wherever I lay my hat’, while Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ will get the crowd on their feet. Others include Toyah, The Real Thing, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Belinda Carlisle and T’Pau.

The night has been billed by event organiser CK Events as the biggest party on the green this summer. The back to back, hit only concert takes place at Glasgow Green, in the heart of Glasgow, on Saturday 21 July 2012.

Tickets, priced at £36, go on sale on Friday (9th March 2012) from www.ticketline.co.uk. Gates open at 6.30pm on Saturday 21 July 2012.
PWP: 30 By 30: Caroline Coon / Ida Kar 21.03.12
30 Women Photographers and the Women Photographers Who Inspired Them: A Blog Series in Honor of Women’s History Month, March 1 – 31

Caroline Coon is a multi-talented artist born and based in Britain. She is a painter, designer and photographer whose work has been exhibited at major London galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery and the Tate. Her photographs are in the National Portrait Gallery, and currently on display at the Strand Gallery in She-Bop-a-Lula, an exhibit celebrating female singers captured by women photographers.

In the 1970's and 80's, Coon wrote about, designed for, and photographed a number of Punk Rock bands, including The Slits and The Clash. Her New Wave Punk Rock Explosion is an inside, “as it happened” story of punk, with iconic images, and commentary by musicians and fans. (Photo: Jenny Runacre and Toyah Willcox 1977 © Caroline Coon/Camera Press)
The Jive Monkey: Changeling After-Show 21.03.12
Changeling Resurrection After-Show
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Doors/Event 10pm - 2am, Price: Free

What better way to celebrate the very first gig in Toyah’s Changeling Resurrection Tour 2012 at the Brighton Concorde 2 than a Toyahtastic party after the show with a soundtrack requested by YOU!
Classic Toyah: 'Pop Rocky/Jackie' 1982 21.03.12
Possibly one of Toyah's best photo shoots? Certainly one of the most colourful. These great photos were used in European magazine 'Pop Rocky' and the UK's 'Jackie' in the Summer of 1982, at the height of the glorious 'Changeling' era.

Gorgeous Toyah wears various Melissa Caplan designed outfits that were rarely seen anywhere else.

Dear Fellow Changelings... 20.03.12
From yesterday evening, possibly Toyah's best ever tweet: "Dear fellow Changelings.... Bush Hall is about to be a sell out so get tickets now if you are coming. :-)". All the tour info is available by clicking below.

Ikono: Derek Jarman's "Jubilee" 20.03.12
Jubilee inspires at least one new article a week. The latest is by 'Ikono'.

Numerous punk icons appear in the film including Jordan (a Malcolm McLaren protégé), Toyah Willcox, Nell Campbell, Adam Ant (born, Stuart Leslie Goddard), Demoriane and Wayne County. It features performances by Wayne County and Adam and the Ants. There are also cameo appearances by The Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The film was scored by Brian Eno.

The Changeling Brighton: Aftershow Andi! 20.03.12
Toyah's support on five of next month's dates on 'The Changeling Resurrection' tour, Andi Fraggs, has announced today that he will also be performing at the after-show party in Brighton on Saturday 14th April.

What better way to celebrate the very first gig in Toyah’s Changeling Resurrection Tour 2012 at the Brighton Concorde 2 than a Toyahtastic party after the show with a soundtrack requested by you!

Invite your friends and join everyone at The Jive Monkey (5 Steine Street, Brighton) just a few minutes walk from the venue from 10pm till 2am for drinks and plenty of TOYAH TOYAH TOYAH!

My Vintage: Toyah Talks Kate 20.03.12
Toyah's seventh song choice from My Vintage, 'Running Up That Hill'.

"I feel really lucky to be able to say to you I want to put this next artist into My Vintage because she is a friend.

She's the most delightful woman, and she is a total inspiration and a great role model. I have loved her work since I first heard 'Wuthering Heights' when I was 19, listening to the radio and I stopped in a stunned silence as I listened to her voice. It was breathtaking and she has continued to be breathtaking every decade ever since..."

• Read the full transcript of Toyah talking about Kate here.

4 O'Clock Show: Toyah's Meteors 20.03.12
Last August Toyah was interviewed about her meteorite collection for BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live in their 'Secret Life' series. This was repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra's The 4 O'Clock Show last October.

That edition of The 4 O'Clock Show is currently available to listen to again,
here. Be quick as it will only be online for one more day. The seven minute clip also includes brief bursts of The Humans' 'This Belongs To You' and Toyah's 'It's A Mystery'.
Herts Observer: Bishop's Stortford Festival 19.03.12
More than a dozen pubs, clubs, bars and live venues will be celebrating Bishop’s Stortford’s vibrant music scene as part of next month’s week-long Stortfest Crawl.

In common with its bigger brothers like Glastonbury, the annual Stortford Music Festival – usually held in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic School - is taking a break for the first time in its 14-year history.

Headlining the event will be 80s punk-pop icon Toyah Willcox, who will mark the 30th anniversary of her album The Changeling with a greatest hits set at Rhodes on May 5.

Best known for 1981 breakthrough single It’s A Mystery and accompanying album Anthem, Toyah has also enjoyed a successful acting career, with roles in films like cult Mod hit Quadrophenia. More recently, she was a guest star on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Gaydar Radio: Toyah Interview 19.03.12
DJ Phil Marriott announced today that he will be interviewing Toyah later this week on his 'Gaydar Radio' show.

Phil's show airs from 6-10pm each weeknight on the station and can be listened to, at their website, here.

Trafford Tanzi Returns 18.03.12
One of Toyah's most famous theatre plays, Trafford Tanzi by Claire Luckham, is back... At the Empire Theatre, Blackburn at the end of this month in a production by Blackburn College Performing Arts Department and they even mention Toyah in their promotion for their play.

"You are invited to cheer and boo the characters as though you were present at an actual wrestling match.

Toyah Willcox was famous for her fantastic characterisation of Tanzi. This is a superb play you would be crazy to miss."
The Humans... At Work & Play! 18.03.12
Toyah has been tweeting, over the last few days, about The Humans.

Bill Rieflin has recently arrived in the UK, and inbetween writing songs for The Humans' third album (referred to as Humans 3 by Toyah) a number of practical jokes have been played on Bill. Most consisting of various objects being placed on his bed.

So far the tally is: A whole pineapple, followed by a hoover, then it was Willyfred the rabbit and a roll of gaffer tape. Bill also had two tangerines and a banana put in his shoes :)

Toyah also tweeted on 16th March: "Humans wrote 5 great song ideas y"day. We are on a roll." and today: "The Humans have written 17 ideas in three days! Just going over them with fine tooth comb."

From 'Sugar Rush: The Humans Fan Page': Bill Rieflin has co-produced the single "Crush Vaccine" by Atomic Bride, a band from Seattle, with a new album out 23rd May called "Dead Air".

• Visit 'The Humans Official'
here, and the 'Sugar Rush' fansite here.
Cult Queens: Toyah 18.03.12
The 'Cult Queens' blog, "Psychotronic Eye Candy!", featured Toyah, in Devil Queen mode, this week. Quite right!

Fandalism: Haakon & Toyah 17.03.12
There's a brief Q&A with Norwegian musician Haakon Rian Ueland at 'Fandalism'. He mentions Toyah..

Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Toyah. What an amazing artist!
Punks Not Dead!: Toyah Pin-Up 16.03.12
The seriously good 'Gods & Alcoves' blog recently added a link to the 1980 magazine 'Punk's Not Dead!'. It features a Toyah pin-up from the (in)famous 1979 Simon Fowler photo shoot.

Punk’s Not Dead! magazine – edition one available online
Following hot on the heels of all 11 editions of “Punk! Lives” being available online, I found another punk magazine - Punk’s Not Dead! – (1980) available online via Scribd. Obviously the exclamation mark is critical in the naming of any Punk! publication.

Although it is focussed on Punk (duh) it has interviews/photos of Killing Joke, Theatre of Hate and Toyah – worth a look! According to one blog…

View the 'Gods & Alcoves' post
here. View the scanned 'Punk's Not Dead!' magazine here.

Toyah Willcox: My Vintage: Song Links 15.03.12
The full 12-song soundtrack to Toyah's My Vintage. The programme is currently airing on 'Vintage TV'.

Click on each of the songs below to read in detail what Toyah said about each of her song choices. More soon!

Love Is The Drug - Roxy Music
The Jean Genie - David Bowie
The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
The Passenger - Iggy Pop
All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
Stay - Shakespears Sister
Mad World - Tears For Fears
Even Better Than The Real Thing - U2
The Lovecats - The Cure

Toyah Willcox: My Vintage: The Songs 14.03.12
Toyah's first six song choices from My Vintage... View full transcripts of what she said about each by clicking on the song links above.

Toyah Willcox: My Vintage 14.03.12
Toyah guested on Vintage TV's My Vintage on Tuesday 13th March in a 90 minute special.

Toyah was a rebellious child, but the arrival of rock 'n roll reinvented her life and gave her grounding. Here she shares with us her most-loved songs: those that brought her back to where she is today.

Toyah chose an eclectic selection of her favourite songs (see above for the full list) and recalled why they had become so.

Official Toyah: Monthly Online Live Tracks 14.03.12
Toyah's official website will be offering visitors exclusive live tracks each month as Toyah's Changeling Tour and summer festival/concert dates approach. At the beginning of each month an exclusive live track recorded from Toyah's extensive 2011 tour dates will feature on the Gigs page.

The live tracks will be available to listen to for a limited time only with a new track replacing it each month. These live tracks are a taster for a special live album release planned for digital release in autumn/winter of 2012.

• Listen to the first, 'Latex Messiah', live at Manchester Academy,
Behind The Sofa: Book To Go Ahead! 13.03.12
The charity Doctor Who book, 'Behind The Sofa', in which Toyah contributes a memory, will go ahead after all.

'Radio Times' reported in early March:

Doctor Who charity book threatened by PayPal dispute: Behind the Sofa may not be published after payments frozen

Behind the Sofa, a limited-edition charity book full of celebrities' reminiscences about Doctor Who, may not now be published following the decision of online payments service PayPal to freeze the account of the project's organiser.

All profits from the 200-page book were to be given to Alzheimer's Research UK. But payments for pre-orders – which were to be used by editor Steve Berry to fund the manufacture and distribution of the book – have today been frozen by PayPal.

PayPal had been taking payments directly by credit and debit card, as well as from customers with PayPal accounts. Berry may now have to fund the book himself.

The book was to feature contributions from, among many others: Paul Whitehouse, Michael Grade, Rufus Hound, Stephen Merchant, Charlie Brooker, Hugh Bonneville, Al Murray, Bill Oddie, Chris Chibnall, Jeremy Dyson, Jonathan Ross, Josie Long, Terrance Dicks, Martina Cole, Mitch Benn, Neil Gaiman, Nicholas Parsons, Paul Cornell, Toyah Willcox and Tracy Ann Oberman.

• Read the full article, at the 'Radio Times' website,

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